Perusing through Dan Kennedy’s arguments in the name of civil discourse why he insists people write their full names — that is, first name and last name, and nothing but that — on blog comments, I applaud.
I realize this will mean fewer comments. My expectation is that this will be a good thing, as the signal-to-noise ratio will improve and the quality will rise. Perhaps some of our frequent pseudonymous commenters will come out from behind their online personae and continue posting. Perhaps some folks who have held back from commenting for fear of being anonymously attacked will now feel safe to weigh in.
Before I institute such here, please lend me your thoughts by adding a comment below.
Update: Danny Brown inspired me to nullify the above question. In a comment responding to me on Gini Dietrich’s blog post about comment moderation, he called me out on requiring would-be comments here to have names and valid email addresses. So, I’ve turned off those settings. You can now comment without names and addresses; doing so, turns you Anonymous. Enjoy the new frontier.